Course Description

A practical framework is provided for examining the full range of issues under family law. With an emphasis on California Law, this course covers issues involving:

  • Antenuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation
  • Marriage
  • Termination of marriage
  • Annulments
  • Institution of dissolution proceedings
  • Preparation of dissolution case and trial
  • Alimony and property division
  • Mediation
  • Child custody, visitation and child support
  • Paternity
  • Adoption

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define key topics and developments in family law
  • Examine the state’s regulation of family and marital relationships
  • Summarize the requirements for entering into a valid marriage and the jurisdictional requirements for dissolution of marriage
  • Describe the rights, obligations and duties of custody, visitation and support and rights conferred by community property
  • Prepare the necessary forms to initiate or respond to an action for dissolution of marriage
  • Explore newest cases and statutes, including status of current California Supreme rulings


Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies or consent of program director

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Not offered this quarter. Classes are offered according to the schedule on the respective Certificate or Program Page. Please click on the Request Information below to be promptly notified when enrollment opens.